What’s better than pizza? How about murder. And nobody does murder better than New Yorkers. In this anthology, 22 authors who live in and around New York present short tales of crime. Stroll down littered streets, converse with inhabitants from all walks of life. Take a few trips into the heart of the city, pick up and examine some unique slices of life…or rather death.
In “Tear Down,” an elderly woman fears retribution will come if her old house is demolished and secrets are revealed. A mother in “The Doorman Building, a Greenwich Village apartment, receives visits from two of her son’s college friends and one of them is murdered. A Russian stripper is recruited by the U.S. government to take down some bad guys in “The Brighton Beach Mermaid.” A rookie tracks down a killer in Catherine Maorsi’s “Justice for All.” “Only People Kill People” has an interesting main character…a gun. A gambling man discovers just how “Out of Luck” he is when he thinks good fortune is headed his way.
There are many other tales of murder and misdeeds in this book. From the ferry to the Village and from Queens to Alphabet City. I liked the classical and timeless stories, plus a few fresh and unique tales. The stories range from present day settings to life from decades ago. Most are quick bites but each is delicious. Sometimes I run into anthologies where I’d rather skip a few stories. Not this one. This one gives a heaping portion of New York and when I finished, I didn’t feel gorged, just pleasantly satisfied.
Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, April 2012.
Author of Night Shadows, Beta and Alpha.